Monday Remake

Feb 11, 2013 | 25 Comments

Happy Monday!!  How did everybody fare this weekend?  East Coasters, you hangin’ in there from all the snow??  Hopefully everyone is safe and sound!

I was doing some closet cleaning and decided to makeover something in-house!  It’s an old To The Max piece that I’ve had for a bit but just haven’t worn in a while.  The thing is, is that it’s a perfectly fine dress!  I was kind of over the crepe sleeves (partially because I sweat too much wearing this in the past)…

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BEFORE

…as well as the turquoise stripe at the bottom.  My favorite part of the dress was the top portion of it, so instead of donating, I’m going to make it over into something I totally love…

New Dress A Day - DIY - Upcycled Dress

Old dress…

…and something I totally want to wear (and not hide)!

I started with those crepe sleeves first.

New Dress A Day - DIY - Upcycled Dress

Seam ripper!!!

With a seam ripper, I carefully removed both sleeves from the top.

New Dress A Day - DIY - Upcycled Dress

One off…

With them both removed, I pinned the raw edges in place.

New Dress A Day - DIY - Upcycled Dress

Sleeves off!

I had to get rid of the turquoise panel at the bottom of the dress next.  I love color blocking but this combo just wasn’t working for my tastes.  I trimmed the panel plus about two inches from the bottom…

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Length Adjustment Time!

…pinned the edges…

New Dress A Day - DIY - Upcycled Dress

Pinned…

…and then stitched in place.

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…and hemmed!

I finished off by stitching the sleeves and now had a brand new tunic, which I adore.

I love the new length and it really just feels like a brand new piece.  That’s the coolest feeling too, having a lackluster garment that you’ve just seen too much/worn too much/hid in the back of the closet too much and give it a fresh coat of paint, or Essie nail polish :)

New Dress A Day - DIY - Upcycled Dress

AFTER

I hung out with some friends in my new top (* Yes, I was wearing a sweater plus a jacket on top of it when I was outside because it was super chilly!) and felt super chic.  Love my new/old ensemble!!

New Dress A Day - DIY - Upcycled Dress

Me & My Pal!

I have a few more pieces that I came across in my closet editing that will get another shot soon!

Get ready for a few adorbs themed Valentine’s Day posts coming over the next few days…you know, because I heart you guys the most.

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